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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 27 – 29, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

Thursday, June 27 (7:30 p.m.)
The Billy Taylor Show (WNJU, 1965)
Well-known jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator Dr. Billy Taylor hosted two long-running programs on NPR: the pioneering Jazz Alive!, (1977- 1983) and Jazz at the Kennedy Center (1995-2001), and served as an on-air correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning for many years. In 1965, Taylor hosted The Billy Taylor Show – Jazz in America, produced at WNJU in New Jersey that aired in the New York City market. Luckily he archived the 2” videotapes of the program before WNJU could recycle them and donated the tapes to the Library of Congress in 2002. This compilation of highlights from the show, none of which has been seen since the original broadcasts, includes performances by jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Benny Powell, Clark Terry, Grant Green, Yusef Lateef, Jerome Richardson, Randy Weston and more.  Digital presentation.

Friday, June 28 (7:30 p.m.)
The Hidden Fortress (Toho, 1958)
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. 35mm film print courtesy of Janis Films. 139 min.

To Each His Own (Paramount, 1946)

Saturday, June 29 (7:30 p.m.)
To Each His Own (Paramount, 1946)
Olivia de Havilland has said that To Each His Own is one of her favorite films. Covering 27 years in the life of a woman who loved neither wisely nor well, it begins during the blitz on London. Middle-aged Jody Norris (de Havilland) is an air raid warden along with her confidante Lord Desham (Roland Culver.) When she learns that a handsome US pilot, John Lund, is in town, her thoughts flash back to an earlier time in her life, when her love affair with a dashing pilot (also played by Lund in a dual role) resulted in a life lived in secrecy. The film was a spectacular comeback for the actress after being off the screen for two years due to her legal battle seeking to end her contract with Warner Brothers. It was helmed by Mitchell Leisen with a script by the great Charles Brackett who was also Oscar nominated. Shown in celebration of Olivia de Havilland’s 103rd birthday on July 1. 35mm restored film print courtesy Universal Pictures Distribution, 122 min.

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At the Packard Campus Theater — July 2019

  Our summer-long film series “Kids These Days,” which explores the age-old opinion by adults that the younger generation is going to hell in a handbasket, continues with four films from the 1970s and 1980s: Footloose, Carrie, River’s Edge, and The Bad News Bears. Two silent comedies starring Clara Bow, Kid Boots (1926) and Hula […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 20 – 22, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 20 (7:30 p.m.) The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features, 2010 – rated R*) Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star as Nic and Jules, an upper middle class, same-sex couple raising two teenaged children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, June 20

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p. m. Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery. THE […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (June 6 – 8, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 6 (7:30 p.m.) The Big Red One (United Artists, 1980) Sam Fuller wrote and directed this epic war film, based on his own World War II experiences as a member of 1st Infantry Division, whose nickname was The Big Red […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — June 2019

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film  laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. Stanford Theater: Palo Alto, California YOU CAN’T TAKE IT […]

Happy Birthday, Bob Hope!

This is a guest post by Frances Allshouse and Susie Booth, librarian/catalogers in the Moving Image Section. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, would have been Bob Hope’s 116th birthday and we couldn’t let the day go by without a bit of a celebration.  This year, our gift is the recently-formed Bob Hope moving image processing project. […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 30 – June 1, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 30 (7:30 p.m.) Vibrations, 1972 (WNET, 1972) Produced for PBS by WNET, Vibrations was a music magazine program that ran for only one season, (1972-73) and covered a wide assortment of musical genres. The selected segments for this program include […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (May 23, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 23 (7:30 p.m.) Whitman in Culpeper – followed by Shenandoah (Universal, 1965) For two months in early 1864, poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman (1819-1892) resided in Culpeper, Virginia, while serving as a volunteer nurse in the Army of the […]